Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.Written by
After Royal has Etheline sign papers, the notary is supposed to stamp them, but it is visibly obvious that the notary is just lifting his stamp up to the papers but not actually pressing down or stamping anything. See more »
Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
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The film title first appears on a library book being checked out, then several of the books are seen, and finally the book cover becomes a title card. See more »
Three different songs were used for the final sequence at various points. Some advance screenings (including the New York Film Festival version) featured the Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You" (not the "official" version, but rather the alternate version available on the "Anthology 2" CD set), while others used the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B." The final version of the scene is accompanied by Van Morrison's "Everyone." See more »
Wes Anderson's previous two films, Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, while both enjoyable, are overshadowed by The Royal Tenenbaums. The Royal Tenenbaums is a richly textured, layered film that yields something new upon each viewing. Every character is intriguing. The film's dialogue is amazing, and illustrates the fact that Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson (who co-wrote the film) have a deep-seeded understanding of basic human nature and a flare for subtle humor. The cast is stellar, and the performances are arguably these actors' best. After watching it so many times, it's hard for me to accept that Ben Stiller isn't really Chas Tenenbaum, and that Gene Hackman isn't actually Royal. The Royal Tenenbaums is a must-see.
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